Charlotte Tilbury Matte Eyes to Mesmerise ($34.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a matte-take on the brand’s cream eyeshadows. It released recently, and there are five shades in total, which you’ll find swatched in this post!
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I like the beige and the taupe shades, but wear is the critical issue for me.
Would these work as eyeshadow primer? I’m curious since I’ve heard many people say that MAC Paint Pots are their go-to primer, but I don’t buy MAC since they aren’t cruelty-free. Perhaps these might be a viable option? I still have yet to find my Holy Grail primer.
Christina, I haven’t tried the CT mattes yet, but I thought you’d like to know that NYX makes white, black, and beige eyeshadow primer bases that sounds like what you’re looking for! They come in a little pot and I find the formula easy to work with (I got mine at Ulta). I love using the black as a base for fun duochromes or glitters, and the white is perfect for brights. And NYX is cruelty-free, so win-win!
P.S. Have you tried the ABH eye primer before? That one is my person holy grail and I recommend it to everyone, so there’s another option for you if the CT and NYX don’t work out!
Hi Alissa and thanks for the response. I have used NYX’s bases in those little pots. It has to be my body chemistry, but those creased like mad on me. I’m not one to give up easily and I tried the white for brights and the beige for everyday, but to no avail. The search continues!
P.S. I have used the new ABH primer, too. I found it really thick and not easy to work with. I had a trial size and went through the entire tube so it’s not like I didn’t give it a chance.
Aww, bummer! 🙁
I just watched Morgan Turner’s (YouTuber) review of the CT mattes, and you may want to check it out. She tried the black one as a base to use for a Pat McGrath eyeshadow, and liked the result (she also used the Viseart eye primer underneath). It was interesting because overall she found the CT matte products a bit difficult to work with, but she said she would continue using them as a base for other shadows. Hopefully they will work for you!
Have you tried the Smashbox Always On cream eyeshadow (I use the shade suede)? They’re in a tube rather than a pot but are the best alternative to paint pots that I’ve found. Cruelty free and vegan!
Hi Caroline and thanks for the recommendation. I have used the original Smashbox primer and it was good, but I haven’t use the new Always On in a tube. I just may have to give it a try! I used to like Smashbox years ago but admittedly, they have fallen off my radar so I appreciate bringing it to my attention.
Ooooh! Smoky Taupe tho….
These look nice and have been done in universally flattering matte shades, athough they do seem expensive.
Having watched a few YT reviews on these, I might pick up Nude Cashmere to use as one ultra waterproof base!
I‘m looking forward to seeing these reviewed- I had been thinking about trying the black shade as a liner but it looks a little sheer here.
Morgan Turner on YouTube tried the black shade as a liner in her review, and didn’t have good results. She did have better results using the black shade as a base for other shadows, however. Her video is definitely worth checking out if you are considering purchasing these, in my opinion.
This is the first time I am going to send items back to CT. These do not feel creamy at all, they are hard to the touch, similar to hard putty. I was looking forward to these and bought all the colors. Did not try them on my eyes, because of the texture, I thought it might be too difficult to remove. Very disappointed!
Oh no, that doesn’t sound great. Curious if you have used any of her earlier Eyes To Mesmerise as I’m a fan of that texture. If you have, were these quite different? Thanks!
I have many of the Eyes To Mesmerise and those have a much creamier and whipped texture. These are not the same as those at all!
Thank you so much! I’m disappointed by that, too, but very much appreciate the honesty.
They look so dry and I can’t get over it! I really wanted them to be at least slightly creamy the way new Paint Pots are.
The weirdest part is they looked so glossy in the pots initially!
It’s a little expensive for a single shadow, but I am curious how the shades look on darker complexions.
I purchased all five and they are all going back. I thought they would be the same texture as the shimmery eyes to mesmerize but they are not. The matte ones have a clay-like texture and drag on the skin. I’ve tried to apply with a finger – the color payoff was better than a brush but still tugged on my eyelid. You get very little payoff with a brush and the products clumps on the brush which makes it hard to apply.
The colors are nice but i have the nude palette from the Super Nudes collection and the colors are basically dupes.
I’m a big CT fan but this is a complete fail for me.
Most of the reviews are pans. Can’t wait to hear what you think, Christine!